Michael Lacey


Michael Lacey is an award-winning director for television drama. He is currently directing for BBC1’s Casualty and he most recently won the BAFTA and Broadcast Award and the RTS Award for his outstanding Emmerdale episode when Aaron revealed to his mum Chas that he had been sexually abused by his dad as a child; the very moving scenes were all shot on location in Filey, and the judges praised “the strong performances of Danny Miller and Lucy Pargeter in the tough scenes, as well as their eye-catching direction and locations, with the wintry beach setting bringing a “Scandi drama” feel.” http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/home/broadcast-awards-2017/soap-or-continuing-drama-emmerdale/5114391.article?blocktitle=Broadcast-Awards-2017&contentID=43857

Upon graduating from the Manchester Metropolitan Film School, Michael first worked as a V.T Operator and AD on TV commercials and drama, until he broke into directing corporate videos and commercials for Nissan, Lacoste and John Lewis amongst others. Michael went on to self-finance his first foray into scripted drama, shooting his first short film Touch Down on super 16mm, over 3 days. It went on to earn representation from the British Film Council at film festivals all over the world, and opened the door for him at ITV. Michael most recently wrote and directed his second short film, the moving-drama Grace’s Story starring Zoe Henry and Pauline Quirke.


BAFTA Award: Winner Emmerdale: Best Continuing Drama episode (2017)
RTS Award: Winner Emmerdale: Best Continuing Drama episode (2017)
Broadcast Award: Winner Emmerdale: Best Continuing Drama episode (2017)
British Soap Award: Winner Emmerdale: Most Spectacular Scene of the Year
John Barton’s exit
Casualty Director for 2 x 60 minute episodes of the prime-time medical drama (2019-present)
Prod: Dafydd Llewelyn / Series Prod: Loretta Preece
Holby City Director for 6 x 60 minute episodes of the prime-time medical drama (2018-present)
Prod: Ailsa Macauley / Series Prod: Kate Hall
Coronation Street ITV Studios/ITV1
Director for the prime-time continuing drama series
75+ episodes
Episodes include:
Climax of Sinead’s death to cervical cancer (2019)
Climax of Bethany Platt grooming storyline/Nick Tilsley exit (2017)
Kylie Platt’s Funeral (August 2016)
Carla and Nick’s wedding, Carla Connor’s exit and Truck Crash / discovery of Callum’s body in the Platts’ Annexe (May 2016)
Emmerdale ITV Studios/ITV1
Regular-director for the long-running drama
150+ episodes
Episodes include:
Maya’s grooming of teenager Jacob
Aaron tells Chas about historic sexual abuse
The sexual assault of Alicia Gallagher by 14-year-old Lachlan White
Chas’s murder trial
John Barton’s death – car crash on to cliff edge
(Winner – Spectacular Scene of the Year. British Soap Awards)
Zak reveal – Cain whodunit
Whitby location special – Jackson’s paraplegic sky dive and fishing trip
Jackson’s death – aftermath
Lisa Dingle’s rape – hour-long episode
(Best Actress nomination for Jane Cox)
Paddy and Marlon’s Big Night In ITV Studios
Feature-length Emmerdale spin-off film DVD Exclusive
Short Films:
Grace’s Story 20-minute drama short film starring Pauline Quirke
Uncompressed 4k
Shortlisted: Leeds International Film Festival
Touch Down British Film Council
10-minute drama short film
Super 16mm
Shortlisted at various international film festivals
Corporate Videos:
Original Source
Swissport III Kings
British Gas
John Lewis – Kitchens
John Lewis – Men’s fashion
John Lewis – Connectivity